Triple digit temperatures to continue through Monday

Triple digit temperatures to continue through Monday (Image 1)

After setting new high temperatures over the past four days, Nashville is expected to reach triple digits once again on Monday afternoon.

Monday's high temperature is forecasted to reach 100 degrees, just shy of the previous 101 degree record set in 1926.

On Monday, isolated thundershowers are possible in parts of the Mid-State, however the rain will not be widespread.

Belle Meade, Joelton, Ashland City and Dickson were among the area that saw a brief period of rain late Monday afternoon.

Overnight temperatures will drop to 78.

Humidity levels and dew point temperatures are expected to increase in upcoming days.

Last Thursday Nashville set a record high of 105 degrees and reached an all-time record high on Friday at 109.

How hot will it get in your neighborhood? Check the latest forecast at WKRN.com/Weather.

Send your hot weather photos to pix@wkrn.com.

Burn Bans

Due to the heat and extremely dry conditions, many Mid-State cities including Clarksville, La Vergne and Murfreesboro, among others, have issued burn bans.  View the complete list.

In addition, some areas, including the Metro Parks Department, have asked people not grill out until the weather conditions improve.

“We're not in the situation Colorado is presently, but I don't think it would take much for something like that to happen,” Metro Parks Director Tommy Lynch said.

Gerry Gann of the Nashville Police Department added, “I know we're in a large metropolitan area, but if one spark catches, it can easily catch a house on fire, catch a barn on fire, or catch woods on fire.”

Heath Concerns

The extreme heat can be very dangerous and potentially fatal.  Medical experts are warning those who plan to be outside to take precautions such as drinking fluids to stay hydrated and wearing light-colored, loose fitting clothing.

“If you are young, healthy and well hydrated you have a little bit more time,” Dr. Madjimbaye Namde, attending emergency room physician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told News 2, adding, “but, nobody is designed to stand up to 100 degree temperatures for any prolong period of time without taking some precautions.”

The emergency room expects to treat people suffering from heat-related illnesses like dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Dr. Namde continued, “Soda and all those things will help you, but not as much as a good cold glass of water.”

He said citizens should treat the signs of dehydration early before their condition progresses to a more serious illness.

“Light headedness and dizziness is evidence of dehydration,” he said, adding, “You are dehydrated but it is showing up that way because it is affecting things like your heart or other organs,” he said.

In downtown Nashville on late last week, visitors told Nashville's News 2 they were surprised by the extreme heat.

“It is actually really warm here, but we found a lot of solace in stores with air conditioning,” said Siobhan Santini while visiting Music City from Connecticut with her daughter.

“I don't think it stops the vacation,” she added.  “It is hot in the Northeast.”

Animal control officers also remind pet owners to keep their pets cool and hydrated, especially during the peak hours of the day.

Cooling Stations

Metro's Office of Emergency Management has opened several cooling stations to help the public beat the extreme heat.

Cooling stations are located at Metro's 23 community centers, the Centennial Sportsplex and all golf course club houses during normal business hours.

The Nashville Rescue Mission and Nashville Farmers Market are also available to anyone who needs to get out of the heat.

Visit Nashville.gov for complete information.

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